SSHS Library Newsletter

Back-To-School Edition, 2018

Welcome back, staff! Can we help you?

We are here to support teachers. Here are just a few of the ways we can help you:

  • collaborate with you to create research-infused lessons
  • demonstrate and conduct lessons on various online educational resources
  • create research pathfinders for your students as they conduct research for your class
  • provide help for your various technology needs
  • locate/order instructional and reading materials for your class
  • assist you when you want to advance your use of technology in the classroom
  • support you even when you have unusual or complicated requests and needs. We get all kinds of requests, and we're committed to helping you with assistance and answers. Never think any request is too big or too crazy. We really are here to help.

Get Caught Reading

If you have any pictures of you "getting caught reading" for our reading promotional campaign, please submit them to Carol Forbes. If you forgot to get a picture this summer, don't despair. Just take a pic soon. The kids love seeing new pics of all of you.

What's New In the Library?

Well, we are finally a library again, instead of a textbook warehouse. Yay! The library is now open for regular business. This year, the library checked out over 6,000 textbooks to our students.

That's an awfully lot of books.


There are a few new trends in YA lit you may want to know about. One of the trends is to put a new twist on old stories, including: the classics, fairytales, and DC comics. Below are a few of these contemporary retellings. We will be ordering all of these modern remixes for staff and students to enjoy.


In this back-to-school edition, I'd like to do something a little different. I'd like to recommend and highlight a few of our GALE school databases. Please consider how these authoritative research resources can be utilized in your classes. Not only can the use of these databases help augment your classes, but they can help prepare students for research once they leave Santa Su. Teachers can use these databases to find articles and then easily save, share, and download articles directly to Google Drive, Docs, AND Google Classroom. You may access these databases through our SSHS Library web site or click here:

The password for our database program is susana

Literature Databases

We subscribe to 3 literature-based databases. The largest and most comprehensive of the 3 is Literature Resource Center. It provides biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers. The LitFinder database focuses mainly on individual literary works, including poetry. GALE Literary Sources database allows you to search by genre. All of these databases are amazing literary tools.

Student Resources in Context

This is our most popular database. It is an extensive collection of research materials, covering almost every subject offered at SSHS. The database offers full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites. This is the first database every teacher should check out.

GALE Professional Collection

This database provides access to academic journals and other reference content for educators. The Professional Collection includes advanced level research and professional development for educators.

Trivia Quiz - Winner receives a prize

Let's change the quiz a little this time, too. For this trivia quiz, all of the answers may be found in this newsletter. Also, all correct entries received by lunch on Friday, 9/14, will be entered into a drawing for our trivia winner.

  1. How many textbooks has the library checked out this school year?
  2. Name 2 services the library can offer teachers.
  3. What is the name of our poster reading campaign?
  4. What is the new trend in YA literature discussed in this newsletter?
  5. Name one of these new YA trend titles.
  6. Which SSHS database is the most popular?
  7. Which SSHS database includes professional development resources for teachers?
  8. Name 2 of the 3 literature-based databases.